May 17, 2010

The Dalai Lama on Learning and Buddhism

As many of you may know, His Holiness the Dalai Lama is in the midst of a 10-day teaching tour in the US, which began with a stop in the Midwest. On May 12th and 13th he gave teachings at Indiana University in Bloomington, and afterward paid a visit to the Tibetan Mongolian Buddhist Cultural Center which his late brother, Thubten Norbu, founded in 1979.

During his visit at the center the Dalai Lama reminded the mainly Tibetan and Mongolian audience that as residents of the US they enjoy greater religious freedoms than those in their native countries. They should use this freedom, His Holiness continued, to not just practice their religion but study it. “Any Buddhist center should be a learning center, not just a place for some worship,” he told those in attendance. Like so many of the Dalai Lama teachings his words transcend any single cultural framework. Transformation rarely comes swiftly and acceptance of religion is not the culmination of a search, but the beginning of a process where the quest for knowledge and further understanding remain at the forefront.

The Dalai Lama will be continuing onto New York at the end of this week. Some of us at Tricycle will have the good fortune of attending his Radio City Music Hall teachings and will be posting about them here on the blog. If you are in the New York area and are interested in attending the Dalai Lama teachings, tickets are still available here.

Video of a portion of his teaching at Bloomington and an article detailing his visit to the Tibetan Mongolian Buddhist Cultural Center can be found here.

[Image: AP Photo/The Herald-Times, Jeremy Hogan]

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Truth Seeker's picture

Dear Philip,

Please don't censor the comments if they contain truth. It is true that the Dalai Lama receives money from the CIA. Why did you choose to censor my comment about that?

Practitioners who rely on Dorje Shugden are not decreasing in the world they are increasing, because Dorje Shugden is the Dharma Protector of Je Tsongkhapa's teachings. The people of this world have a special connection with Je Tsongkhapa's teachings. You may as well get use to the fact that the Dalai Lama's popularity is only going to decrease the more the truth comes out about him.

Yeshe Dawa's picture

Dear Philip,

While I understand the point you're trying to make, the Dalai Lama continues to make statements during his teachings which are contrary to his actions. Any rational person who values the Dharma has a duty to point out this hypocrisy.

It's not a question of 'hijacking' these posts. The fact that the Dalai Lama's statements are contrary to his actions concerns his integrity which is surely central to his reliability as a spiritual Teacher? I don't believe this is something that can be glossed over or ignored as it has been for decades. The Dalai Lama himself has said that if a Teacher is not acting in accordance with the Dharma, this should be made public so that people are not deceived.

Would Tricycle prefer the facts to be ignored?

Philip Ryan's picture

Two comments referring to the ongoing Dorje Shugden dispute were removed from this post. We have provided a space for both sides of the debate over Dorje Shugden worship to have their say, and we were happy to be able to do so. However, we will not allow every post that mentions the Dalai Lama to be hijacked by partisans of this debate.

Please be mindful, show some restraint, and respect others who are neutral in this sectarian dispute.
-Philip Ryan
Web Editor

Me's picture

I guess freedom is relative. I mean, having a restaurant shut down is preferable to being tortured and killed.

And no doubt the Dalai Lama is a political being. But seriously, I wouldn't trust a Russian news network to be any less politicized.


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